In last week’s House of Lords debate on Universal Credit, Lord Shinkwin, who is himself Disabled, accused MPs of scaremongering to exaggerate the problems that Universal Credit is causing. We know that the problems are already very real and directly impacting on Disabled people. When Disabled people in high places like Lord Skinkwin downplay what… Continue Reading Universal Credit – have you had a bad experience? Let Lord Shinkwin know
NDEPENDENT LIVING CAMPAIGN CONFERENCE Saturday 25th November, 2017 11am – 4:30pm 336 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AA The aim of the conference is to take stock of the key barriers to independent living that Disabled people who use adult social care services face. The day will aim to assess how far the situation has deteriorated… Continue Reading Independent Living Campaign Conference – November 25th
Thanks to Nick Dilworth who wrote this template letter You can follow him @Mylegalforum http://ilegal.org.uk/ [Your Address] The Customer Complaints Manager [Address of your Employment & Support Allowance Office] *shown on your most recent correspondence from them Date Dear Sir / Madam, National Insurance No: Arrears of Employment & Support Allowance which… Continue Reading Template letter for claimants who may be affected and entitled to arrears of ESA
Support the Budget Day Sack the Tories protests arranged by the People’s Assembly. Meet Downing Street, November 21st from 6pm- 7.30 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1968486683476948/ #SackTheTories – BUDGET DAY PROTEST Stop the Universal Credit Crisis – Stop Tax Avoidance – Fund Our NHS Day of action the night before the Budget November 21st… Continue Reading November 21st, London and nationwide #Sack The Tories Protests
The last chance to see the Resistance Exhibition in London before it goes around the country (Autumn 2018 and onwards). We’re delighted to be part of Makerversity’s Tools for Change, where makers have been creating imaginative protest materials. If you can make it down between Saturday 18 and Wednesday 23 November to Somerset House on… Continue Reading Resistance Exhibition
On the 22nd of November, the statistics of “excess winter deaths” from 2016 will be released. At the same time, Ofgem are considering details of their “safeguard” cap, which excludes many who need it most – see post about this here: https://dpac.uk.net/tag/vulnerable-customer-safeguard-cap/ Fuel Poverty Action believes next week would be a good opportunity to present Ofgem… Continue Reading Call out for help to lobby Ofgem againt exclusions from Safeguard Cap Protection
one of our members has written to Christian and if anyone else woudl liek to his email address is email@example.com Dear Mr. Stevens (Tory Councillor for Horley, West Sussex), I watched your performance on BBC QT with shock and disgust. Your cognitive dissonance, delivered with such religious fervour, is as repulsive now as it was… Continue Reading Awaiting repsonse from Christian Horley – the death denying Tory on last week’s Question Time
protesting again outside DWP HQ Caxton House, Tothill Street, London, Monday 20th November 3-4pm KUWG will hold another protest outside DWP HQ at above date adn time against proposed Jobcentre Closures. All are invited to join them for this.
Mon 13 November at 9 am is the deadline for responses to a proposed limited cap on energy prices. You may know that the government has for over a year been promising relief for people who pay the default “standard variable tariff” (SVT) – and who are getting ripped off as a result. Meanwhile prices… Continue Reading Hundreds of thousands of disabled people and young children in low income homes could be worse off without a fuel price cap – make your voice heard NOW!
anyone who is both a DPAC supporter and member of UNITE community can apply to UNITE to attend this meeting. We need a united front to make it clear to everyone that #pauseandfix is not an option with Universal Credit. It must be#StopandScrap. If you are able to register to go to this please let… Continue Reading UNITE community members
Dear friends and colleagues I am writing to invite you to the launch of the Austerity Campaign Action Pack, being developed by the Austerity Action Group formed by BASW following the Boot Out Austerity walk, with the support of the Social Workers Union. The flyer for the event is attached and I would be grateful if you could… Continue Reading Boot Out Austerity Marches On – Salford, 30 November
A statement in solidarity with the London Anarchist Bookfair Collective. From some friends of the Bookfair Please share a widely as possible. On Saturday 28th October the 2017 London Anarchist Bookfair took place in North London. As usual several thousand anarchists and fellow travellers from diverse tendencies attended, ran stalls, held meetings and other activities. The… Continue Reading London Anarchist Bookfair
DPAC received this letter a while ago. At first, it did not make sense. What was Swanee? Then, looking around, we started to make connections with words associated with swans and babies’s swans. UP THE SWANEE: Hello, you have reached the SWAN, kontroller of many Sicknets. Fancy a stay in one of our private mental… Continue Reading How is life in institutions for people with LD/MH issues?From the horse’s mouth (whistleblower)
A little later than planned is our second blog about Cygnet Health Care and what appears to be their shocking treatment and restraint regimes. The latter seems almost certainly to be illegal yet NHS England continues to have a £300 million deal with them. This couldn’t of course have anything to do with the fact… Continue Reading More about Cygnet Health Care – destroying lives
To confirm attendance please email firstname.lastname@example.org And with any information about any dietary and access requirements. There is parking outside and the nearest tube is Brixton. For more information about the venue see: http://www.weare336.org.uk/ There will be more detailed information including programme for the day, workshops and speakers list to follow after the National Disabled… Continue Reading #IndependentLiving Independent Living Campaigns Conference 25th November 2017
By the kilburn Unemployed Workers GrouK The government has already closed 24 jobcentres since August this year. They plan to close a further 78 Jobcentres by April of 2018. 16 of these Jobcentres are in London. Poor people and people facing the biggest challenges need local jobcentres, not some superhub that they have to walk miles… Continue Reading Hands Off our Jobcentres – protest at DWP headquarters 6th Nov 3 – 4pm
It’s been reported http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disabled-people-interned-care-homes-nhs-cost-cutting-a8019906.html that across the country disabled people are receiving threats from their local NHS service that they may have to be moved from living in their own homes to a residential setting due to newly capped funding. I’m looking to speak to disabled people in this situation to raise awareness of the issue. Please note, it… Continue Reading Frances Ryan wants to speak to disabled people threatened to be moved to residential settings
BBC Sunday Politics South East is making a news piece about the closure of Jobcentres. From next March people in the Whitstable and Herne Bay areas will have to travel to Canterbury, which can take up to an hour on public transport and cost up to £6.70. The BBC are looking for an individual or family… Continue Reading The BBC is looking for people affected by the closure of Jobcentres around Canterbury
Please send your experience of the ESA or PIP assessment or your experience of waiting for an assessment to Henrietta.Doyle@inclusionlondon.org.uk by the 8 November. Suggestions to improve the assessment process are also welcome. Inclusion London will be sending written evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into PIP and ESA assessments and your evidence will… Continue Reading Tell us your experience of assessment process for ESA or PIP
We know that Universal credit is a mess, but what about HMRC’s Real Time Information system ? The following contribution from Stephen Timms based on a Freedom of Information request is very interesting. It seems that over 5% of payments to individuals by HMRC were reported being paid late. HMRC does not monitor the missing or incorrect… Continue Reading We know that Universal credit is a mess, but what about HMRC Real Time Information system?
The BBC is calling for Universal Credit claimants to share their stories. The contact details can be found on their website. If you are currently claiming (or have previously claimed) Universal Credit, please consider sharing your story. Please share this with friends and family; the more people speak out against this fiasco, and take a… Continue Reading UC claimants – share your story
This is the first in our series of articles about Cygnet Health Care owned by yet another abominable US corporation, US Universal Health Services. This blog by Finola Moss tells how this corporation has taken over the private ownership of a very large portion of our MH services and now rakes in profits from the… Continue Reading Loads of money to be made abusing disabled people
National Disabled People’s Summit Saturday 4 November 2017; 11am – 4.30pm NUT headquarters, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9BD Since 2010 Disabled people have been subject to brutal attacks in every area of our lives caused by the disproportionate impact of austerity measures and the dismantling of the welfare system. In August… Continue Reading National Disabled People’s Summit
Draft transport accessibility action plan consultation Although there are many issues that need to be raised in this consultation one important aspect is the loss of guards on trains which will make travelling by rail even more arduous for disabled people than it already is. As we well know, guards and station staff are absolutely… Continue Reading Important Government Consultation on Transport -reply by November 15th
Many Local Authorities have now started to ask people to contribute part or most of their DLA or PIP towards the cost of their community care. We believe this may be illegal, especially if they are asking for all of higher rate DLA and PIP and need to hear from anyone in this situation. If… Continue Reading Is your Local Authority asking you to pay DLA or enhanced rate of PIP towards care?